School Bond Info

At their October 23rd, 2017 meeting, the Kalama Schools Board of Directors unanimously approved a resolution placing a bond proposition the February 13, 2018 special elections ballot.

On the right you will find links to important information and a picture slideshow of the bond proposal.

On Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 Kalama voters will consider a $63 million dollar school construction bond that will allow the school district to:
  • Increase capacity at Kalama Elementary
  • Provide music, at & drama spaces at KES
  • Cafeteria & kitchen expansion at KES
  • Improve building & site safety and security
Expand Education Opportunities & improve STEM and career/technical program spaces.

Projects to be completed if the bond passes include:
  • New Kalama Elementary School
  • New Secondary School & Middle School Classroom Additions
  • Provide Cooling at KHS
  • Expand the Shop Space at KHS
  • Capital Facility & Site Safety Improvements


What is a bond?
Much like a home mortgage, a bond is a contract to borrow money and repay it with interest. Bonds allow the district to finance new school construction, renovations and additions.

What is the difference between a bond and levy?

  • Bonds fund the building and modernization of schools
  • Bonds are financed over a long period of time, typically 20 years
  • Bond dollars cannot pay for classroom teachers, staff, programs or day-to-day support and expenses Requires 60+ percent voter approval to pass
LEVIES are for LEARNING and student activities:
  • After-school clubs
  • Athletics
  • Academics
  • Band & Choir
  • Art
  • Drama
  • Teacher
  • Technology
  • Safety & Security

What does STEM stand for?
STEM stands for Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics. Learning pathways and careers are increasingly tied to STEM fields. In order to prepare students to become literate in STEM subjects, schools require facilities which are designed for this purpose. Kalama is currently offering Computer programming, Robotics, Natural Resources, Computer Aided Design and Drafting and many other STEM related courses, but our facilities were not built for.

Why Does the old Elementary School need to be demolished?
The committee discussed this question extensively. In order to address the issues we are facing, the elementary must be removed. There are multiple reasons this is the case, and they interrelate:
  • Campus safety would not be improved without the removal. Several years ago, following the Sandy Hook shootings, our district reviewed campus conditions and safety. The result of this review was to move all elementary students out of portables and into the main building. Designing a project to use portables would be counter-productive to the safety measures already put in place. The proposed project would move ALL students into the school building.
  • Centralization of building administration would not be practical or efficient and may require more staffing to ensure proper supervision over time. This increased operational cost would take away from educational resources every year.
  • Sharing of teaching staff would be more complicated and/or impractical on a day-to-day basis
    Sink, bathrooms and counters were all designed with “little people” in mind; things are lower or smaller
  • Safety: traffic flow and parking would continue to be unsafe and congested
  • Way-finding would still be complicated and confusing for parents and visitors
  • There would still be no room for growth

Can we use the acreage above the stadium for a school or sports field?
Yes AND No. This exact question was discussed and explored at length by our committee. The idea of using the space makes a lot of sense. However, once we investigated the nature of the topography in this region, and the costs associated with removing it (blasting, trucking, shaping, storm water, etc.), we learned that we could literally build a school for the cost of moving the rock.

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